He currently has two years left on his contract at Strasbourg but is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League. He’s also shone in pre-season and scored both goals in his club’s 2-2 draw with Brentford recently.
If you look at his statistics he performs very similarly to the Bees’ star striker Ivan Toney in many areas, if Palace signed him and he replicated the Englishman’s form, then it would be a worthy investment.
In one of his recent columns for Caught Offside, journalist Fabrizio Romano said that Brentford have placed an asking price of £40-£45m on Toney, so it could be a bargain for Palace to get someone just as good for a fraction of the cost.
He’s also currently on a wage of just £14k-per-week so his salary wouldn’t break the bank.
The 28-year-old Frenchman had more shots on target per 90 minutes so is arguably the better striker. Of course, the top flight in England poses a different and harder challenge, but it’s one Ajorque will relish.
He’s been described as a “complete player” by his manager Julien Stephan and it’s hard to disagree. He’s proved that he can reach the levels of a good quality Premier League striker, so it’s not a surprise that several clubs are interested.
We may see a battle for Ajorque’s signature, and with the exciting project on offer in the North East, Palace need to move quickly to make sure they don’t miss out on him.
With the club ready to axe striker Christian Benteke, they should put all their focus on signing the Frenchman.